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Alan Shearer: Kane’s missed penalty will haunt him for the rest of his life

Analyze this all you want (and, man, I’m sure we will), but sometimes matches are timing, and sometimes they swing for you and sometimes they don’t. Harry Kane has missed a penalty and this young, progressive England side with their progressive manager are heading home. It was not an institutional failure, a failure of systems …

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Ronaldo dropped, Ramos scores 3 for Portugal at World Cup

Ronaldo dropped, Ramos scores 3 for Portugal at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — A chant of “RONALDO! RONALDO!” swept the largest stadium in the World Cup, followed by loud jeers when fans realized their idol wasn’t coming onto the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo was actually sitting in the Portugal dugout, looking sullen and still wearing a substitute’s bib. And the guy who started in his …

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Ronaldo on the bench for the World Cup game against Switzerland

Ronaldo on the bench for the World Cup game against Switzerland

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from the starting line-up for Portugal’s game against Switzerland on Tuesday in the Round of 16 of the World Cup. The move came a day after his manager expressed frustration with Ronaldo’s attitude in the last game. Gonçalo Ramos, a 21-year-old striker who made his international debut …

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Supporters of the Iranian government clash with protesters during the World Cup

Supporters of the Iranian government clash with protesters during the World Cup

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Tensions ran high in Iran’s second match at the World Cup on Friday as fans supporting the Iranian government harassed those protesting against it and stadium security seized flags, t-shirts and other items expressing support for the protest movement that has gripped the Islamic Republic. Some fans were prevented by …

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Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at World Cup

Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — With Neymar limping off the field with an ankle injury, Richarlison qualified for the ‘Seleção’. A spectacular overhead kick followed an easy strike from close range as Richarlison scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday at the World Cup. After the match, the Tottenham striker learned the …

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Iranian footballer arrested in World Cup scrutiny

Iranian footballer arrested in World Cup scrutiny

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Thursday arrested a prominent former member of its national soccer team for criticizing the government as authorities grapple with nationwide protests that have cast a shadow on his competition at the World Cup. The semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported that Voria Ghafouri had been arrested …

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